Monday Minstrel: The Miniature Horse

Miniature: A thing that is much smaller than normal. A plant or animal that is a smaller version of an existing variety or breed.

The miniature horse is very diminutive in stature, with height less than 34-38 inches (86-97cm) measured from the ground to the withers. They are considered horses not ponies and were first developed in the early 1600’s. By 1765 they were frequently seen as pets of the nobility.ย  After the Mines and Collieries Act of 1842, in Britain, which outlawed the use of children in coal mines, the minis and also small ponies were most commonly used in the mines.

The first small horses date from 1861 in the US and they were employed in coal mines until the mid 1900’s.ย  By 1960 the general public began to be interested in theย  minis and they are now used in a number of equestrian disciplines.

Although they are very cute and about the same size as a large dog they are still horses and must be treated as such. So it’s not a great idea to buy one for Christmas for the little kids; not unless you have the stabling and knowledge to deal with a horse, a miniature one, but a horse nonetheless.

They are also proving their worth today as service animals similar to dogs.

This little mini is called Pippa. Her job is to be a companion to a full sized horse that she shares a stall with.

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. xKickz says:

    Pippa! =D I wonder what her personality is like.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      She is a nice little mini. When she whinnys she sounds like a much bigger horse which is quite funny.

      Like

  2. dray0308 says:

    Reblogged this on Dream Big, Dream Often and commented:
    Horse addict!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for the re-blog.

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      1. dray0308 says:

        My pleasure!

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  3. LazyHaze says:

    I never even knew they existed. Pippa is so cute…I’ve been missing out. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You’re welcome. Glad you liked Pippa.

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  4. anlapf says:

    Really cute ๐Ÿ™‚ They are quite small in size but have a strong own will๐Ÿ˜„

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are correct! They do have a strong will!

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  5. Pippa is lovely! I’ve read how miniature horses are sometimes taken around to visit children in hospitals, much like they do with dogs.
    I think they would cheer up just about anyone.
    Very much enjoyed your post. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for the comment. She is a cutie and I think that children who are in hospital would love to see a mini.

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  6. Elizabeth (HorseLover4Ever) says:

    Pippa is the most adorable thing ever!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes she’s a cutie!

      Like

  7. Awww, little Pippa is just adorable! xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      She is very cute. She has a very deep throaty nicker and I think she wants to tell the world that she may be small but she’s mighty!

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  8. Storyteller says:

    I need a miniature horse, Pippa is so cute โ˜บ๏ธ

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  9. Oh it really is mini! Cute!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes they are tiny and perfectly proportioned just like a full size horse.

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